Alaska Photo Tours and COVID 19

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A cardinal last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
A cardinal last night at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

I have been quiet lately, and a lot of people are wondering what is up with Alaska Photo Tours.  Normally by now, our 2021 trips would almost be full.  This year, with all the uncertainty, we haven’t even announced trips yet except to folks who had a specific interest in a trip.  We will probably announce trips soon irregardless of what is happening, so stayed tuned.

How about 2020?  As we have told our guests, we are still hopeful the trips will still happen.  However, if trips are cancelled, we have let everyone know they will receive a full refund (less cc fees if you didn’t pay with a check).  Or, if they prefer, would be able to transfer to next summer irregardless of any price increases, giving effectively more than a 100% refund.   So far our guests have been very understanding, most saying in the case of cancellation they would come back the next year!

The Desert Photo Retreat is still open, and actually a great place to social distance.  That said, most folks have opted to cancel their visits and we completely understand.  I may be doing a lot of my own photography this month!

Coming In!

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Gila woodpecker, Desert Photo Retreat near Tucson, Arizona.

A gila woodpecker coming in for a landing.  I was having some fun yesterday with the Olympus Pro Capture mode which allows you to buffer images, and the go back in time for the perfect position.

Curve-billed thrasher

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Curve-billed thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A Curve-billed thrasher from Monday night at the Desert Photo Retreat.  One of the complaints I hear from bird photographers regarding 4/3 systems like my Olympus is that you can’t get those silky smooth out of focus backgrounds.  I say non-sense!

Pyrrhuloxia

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 Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.
Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A Pyrrhuloxia last night from the lower blind at the Desert Photo Retreat.  I have been so busy with guest and projects lately, that I haven’t had any time for my own photography.  Last night I got a chance to enjoy that beautiful light in the lower blind!  

Alaska

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Seward, Alaska.
Seward, Alaska.

Always nice to be back home in Alaska, even if it is a brief visit. A quick photo looking at the front door at the home office last night.

Trail Cam Bobcat

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Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.
Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

This was captured in the wash just below our rv this morning.  The bobcat has been around this year, I have seen it a few times, but yet to come to either water hole for some reason. I keep a trail cam on both my waterholes, but have a third camera that I move around to see where things are coming and going.